I’ve been mulling what God says about strength ever since I wrote about it four weeks ago. This past week, COVID’s delta variant and the Afghan government’s collapse ratcheted life to a more precarious, difficult level than most of us have ever seen. How can we get through its challenges unless we grasp what God wants us to know about strength? (We could use an extra dose of it right now.)…
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Your immediate answer may seem straightforward, especially if your children are young or grandchildren are visiting….
Despite a crushing work deadline, I’m playing Solitaire on my computer. The project’s overbearing demands weary me. But coursing deep below them, like an underground river, is a more profound fatigue….
I’ve been thinking about strength a lot lately—partially because COVID-19 stole much of mine from me. It’s hellacious trying to regain those losses. My legs scream after I hike for just a half hour….
Here’s an amazing thing. God offers to covenant with you. Contracts depend on laws that can be broken, but a covenant is a perpetual pledge. God promises to protect and provide for you and give you eternal blessings when you believe Jesus is who He says He is. This covenant is so loving, so giving, that you may not notice its postscript: I will wreck your life….
“Never be ashamed of a scar. It means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you” (source unknown)….
Eighty percent of Jesus’ recorded miracles are healings, so you’d think the Gospels would include at least a few of those people’s names—like Peter’s mother-in-law. But, resurrections aside, the Gospels record the name of only one person Jesus healed….
The last eighteen months have caused many people to question or blame God for all the bad that’s happened—especially when it affected them personally. Count me with the questioners. I wondered if I’d experience joy again….
Last week, Memorial Day prompted us to honor the fallen in our Armed Forces. It’s sobering to think about dead people, but the Bible tells us death isn’t the end of our story. Paradoxically, the Bible also talks about fighting death. I don’t know about you, but that’s a head-scratcher for me….